About two years ago, I created a makeshift Madame Leota effect, using the simple technique that consists of a piece of glass and a TV screen. It worked pretty well for the time...
I wanted to go a step further and detail and scenic the whole scene, the only problem was was there simply wasn't space to store and it would be too big and bulky. So the prototype sat on the shelf for a few years.
Every once and while, I would look at my makeshift effect sitting on the shelf collecting dust. I would wonder "how can I do the same thing, only smaller?". There simply weren't and TV monitors that were small and cost efficient. And LCD projectors are out of the question on this project.
Then I the answer came to me while I was listening to my iPod. BINGO! I'll use the iPod screen since it can play videos! Perfect! Since the small screen offered a higher resolution than my previous effect, the picture would be sharper. So work began on the little scene, in a small box, about the size of a shoe box. I detailed the scene and rigged it with LED lights, added speakers in the back. Then I snapped the iPod into the plastic holder it came with, looped the video....
Looks pretty good!
Here is a video of the effect in operation. In the second half you will to see the scene with the lid off and how it works. It's a simple, yet convincing effect!